New Zealand Christians in Science aims to represent scientists in industry and the academy who are active Christians. NZCIS is closely associated with theologians who are contributing to the science and faith discussion through TANSA (Theology and the Natural Sciences in Aotearoa).
NZCIS has been funded for three years by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
NZCIS is committed to:
- Promoting dialogue between Christians and scientists within New Zealand society.
- Promoting and supporting Christians in the science professions, defined here as professions in the fields of science, medicine, engineering, technology and mathematics.
- Educating students and professionals in issues of intersection between the Christian faith and science.
- Promoting the integration of science and faith to the Christian churches of New Zealand.
- Promoting constructive discussion around science and Christian faith in the wider New Zealand society.
- Working actively with university students, especially science students, to promote integrative reflection and study.
Our three main aims are to:
- Support Christians who work in the fields of science.
- Encourage discussion on matters of faith and science within universities, theological colleges and churches.
- Engage the public on issues of theology and its interplay with science.
The board of NZCIS includes members.
Project Directors – Dr Graeme Finlay and Dr Nicola Hoggard Creegan
Project Development Officer – Dr Nicola Hoggard Creegan
Website Manager – Jacob Martin
Treasurer – Dr Philip Church
Trustee – Dr. Zachary Ardern
The advisory board includes members.
Professor Neil Broom
Professor Grant Gillett
Professor Gareth Jones
Professor Carolyn King
Professor Peter Munro
Professor Helen Nicholson
Associate Professor Philip Pattemore
Emeritus Professor George Seber
Professor Andrew Shelling
Professor Jeffrey Tallon
We believe in the historic creeds of the Church. Individual members hold a variety of positions. We promote vigorous discussion. Please see the blog for more information.
NZCIS is partnered with similar organisations around the world on an informal basis.
- Theological and Natural Sciences in Aotearoa (TANSA): This organisation represents theologians who are interested in the intersection between faith and science. Our seminars and conferences are run jointly with TANSA.
- Christians in Science in the United Kingdom (CIS): This is the United Kingdom version of NZCIS and supports scientists with faith.
- The Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology (ISCAST): ISCAST is an Australian organisation dedicated to exploring the interface between science and the Christian faith.
- Thinking Matters: A New Zealand apologetics group with some good online resources. Many of our members contribute to their conferences.
- The American Scientific Affiliation: An US-based, international network for Christians in the sciences.
- The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion: A United Kingdom society based in Cambridge, England, focusing on academic discussions around faith and science.
Our members often contribute to journals and blogs.